FACT CHECK: Alleged EVM hacking in Haryana by-poll passed off as electoral fraud in Bihar

A video of a boy being caught for allegedly hacking an EVM is viral on social media. Users claim that the incident....

By Misha Rajani  Published on  18 Nov 2020 11:39 AM GMT
FACT CHECK:  Alleged EVM hacking in Haryana by-poll passed off as electoral fraud in Bihar

Hyderabad: A video of a boy being caught for allegedly hacking an EVM is viral on social media. Users claim that the incident that took place in the recently concluded Bihar Assembly elections.

Many social media users have shared this video and claimed that the boy, who was caught after hacking the EVM machine, could cast 8000 votes in 2 minutes.

Click here to view the archive and here to view a similar claim on Facebook.

A YouTube channel named Sach Ke Saath shared the video with the title: "EVM Machine Hack! BJP! Bihar Election 2020! Assembly Election."


FACT CHECK:

The claim that the incident took place during Bihar Assembly polls is false.

At the beginning of the video, a man says that the boy was caught hacking the EVM at "Rukhi Gaon." We searched the place on Google and found that it is a village in Haryana and falls under the Baroda Assembly seat.

With a keyword search, we found a report by Amar Ujala stating that "a young man was giving out the voter slip from the machine and he had connected the machine with the help of mobile WiFi" during the Baroda by-poll elections.

The same was reported by Hari Bhoomi and Dainik Bhaskar. According to the report, many youth were caught for allegedly trying to hack the EVM machine by Congress supporters during the Baroda by-poll elections.

Evidently, a video from Baroda by-poll in Haryana is being shared as EVM being hacked in Bihar Assembly Elections. Hence, the claim is false.


Claim Review:electoral fraud in Bihar
Claimed By:Twitter Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Twitter
Claim Fact Check:False
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